Vaccine studies lose control groups

NPRTens of thousands of people who volunteered to be in studies of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are still participating in follow-up research. But some key questions won't be easily answered, because many people who had been in the placebo group have now opted to take the vaccine.

I understand the logical reasoning that lead to this decision. The argument is that it would be inhumane to deny the vaccine just to continue the study.

The counterargument is that COVID is an extremely mild and easily treatment disease in the vast majority of cases. The vast majority of the harm is in the social panic, not the disease.

And now, if the vaccine itself causes harm, it will be that much more difficult to find out.

This entry was published Tue Aug 24 22:42:10 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-08-24 22:42:10.0. [Tweet]

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